Who are you?
My name is Elizabeth F Babatunde. I am Nigerian by birth and reside in England. I am the eldest of 3 children with a very long, complicated story which will make an interesting autobiography one day. However, this blog is not the place for that.
What do you do?
I am a medical doctor, currently a Senior House Officer in A&E. I am also a business woman, a motivational speaker, a company director and many more. Oh yes and obviously, a writer.
How did you start writing?
I have always been a writer, right from when I was a very young girl. I love books, I love reading. My room is bursting with books. My love of books led me to start writing. I have written several short stories, poems; some of which have been published and other fictional books. I currently write all the educational materials for my evangelism training and discipleship organisation, Christ Ambassadors at www.Christambassadors.org.uk.
Tell us about 2 of your greatest achievements so far
Finishing medical school despite my background, unfortunate circumstances and the people who wished I did not make it.
Setting up my own company and voluntary organisation, Christ Ambassadors Ltd. We do evangelism training and discipleship for young Christians. We encourage social action, a major part of exemplifying Christ in the world and have local and international community projects we are currently working on. You can check us out on www.Christambassadors.org.uk.
Who are your biggest role models?
I have been lucky not to have everyone believe in me and my vision. I have learnt that that was necessary to ensure I cherish the positive role models I do have.
These include my Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo, the Pastor of my church KICC. His life is an inspiration to me, his words are my source of encouragement and the church provides me with support in many areas.
Another role model I absolutely admire and respect is Joyce Meyer. I love her humility and openness. I aspire to be able to incorporate that into my ministry in the future.
My strongest role model is definitely my mum. She is a woman whom I can say all the fruit of the Spirit is clearly evident in. I am grateful for all the sacrifices she has made for myself and my brothers. It is my daily prayer that she reaps bountifully the fruit of her labour; she deserves it.
My ultimate role model is Jesus Christ. I fell in love with Him at the age of 10 at boarding school in Nigeria. Up until then, I would have said I had no true religious beliefs, I wasn’t really sure who God was since all I saw were Nigerian voodoo films in which everyone used the name of God whether they were witch doctors, Pastors who dabbled in witchcraft, etc.
When I heard about who Jesus is and what He has done for me, I was overwhelmed. Till today, I fall back on Jesus because I am honestly obsessed with Him.
He is the reason why I believe in God, the reason for my breathing, living and simply being. He is and will always be My Everything.
Why do you always end your notes with ‘ may God bless and keep you in His presence forever’?
(Lol) Becuase that is a personal prayer I pray for myself.
Someone once told me that one of the greatest prayer you can pray for someone else is one that you would pray for yourself. So when you want to pray for someone, say the things you would say for yourself.
To be in God’s presence forever is my honest heart’s desire. I never want to leave it now or when I pass on in death. I believe hell is not only a destination but a place for those who are not in the presence of God whether now or after they die.
The only difference is that as long as they are alive, they still have the choice to be in the presence of God. After death, it is too late. There is only one way into the presence of God and that is Jesus Christ. We gain this access by:
- confessing and repenting from our sins
- believing and accepting the death of Jesus on the cross in our place and subsequent resurrection
- welcoming Jesus into our lives as our Lord and Saviour
I want to always be where God is. So that is what I pray for everybody else, that they might also be in the presence of God forever.
On that note, I think we will leave the interview there. Thank you for speaking with us Elizabeth F Babatunde.
You are welcome. God bless and keep you in His presence forever, Amen 🙂